Fast Guys, Rich Guys and Idiots Remastered is unique. It's the first classic memoir in history to be rewritten, 30 years after its publication.
This remastered edition is very different from the original. It was treated like the building of a vintage racing car. Every part has been polished and improved, and other parts eliminated to save weight, but no parts newer than 1983 have been used. Neither the story nor voice leave their time. The Remastered Fast Guys pops with fresh anecdotes about famous racers the author spent time with during that golden era, from Dan Gurney to Shirley Muldowney, Rick Mears to Mario Andretti, Cale Yarborough to John Buffum, Bobby Unser to Kenny Roberts.
The underlying story is not dated, it's timeless, not only because it was a golden era, but because the rich characters are classic. The vignettes read like fables.
During his years as motorsports writer for Sports Illustrated, the author was present for many racing firsts, and brings them to this edition. The reader spends time with legends at historic events, from the Indy 500 to Baja 500, the Long Beach Grand Prix to Nurburgring. But there is a theme, and a purpose: Every new story is a racing lesson, a speed secret, an etching of what it means to be a racer.
Much of Fast Guys, Rich Guys and Idiots is told from the bucket seat of an ex-NASCAR Oldsmobile once driven by the legendary Dale Earnhardt. The great Brock Yates, in the Wall Street Journal Book Review, called the original version one of the five best books ever written about motorsports. Fast Guys Remastered is even better.
As Sir Stirling Moss says on the title page, "It's a highly readable book--wonderfully written and very, very expressive. It's funny, it's sad, it's sincere. In a sense, it's a story about the demise of a gentleman's sport. The tragedy is that it's so true."
And as Satch Carlson said in Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, "Moses is an amazingly articulate writer, able to take you into a side of racing—or many sides—you knew nothing about. Fast Guys, Rich Guys and Idiots tells you everything you need to know about racing and racers. An instant classic."
Fast Guys Remastered is rolling off the presses as we speak. Included with every copy will be the sequel, It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This, the author's parenting memoir, also highly praised. "It's a book about raising two remarkable boys, but it's also a great adventure story. Sam totally captures the joy and terror of parenthood," said Dee Brazil-Dale in a reader review.
It's a sequel because parenting is a lot like racing. A lot of joy and terror, a lot of crashing and burning. If you're past the age of parenting, as many vintage racers are, it makes a wonderful gift for anyone who might be in the midst of that endurance race.
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